SPRINGFIELD, IL. (ECWd) -
Earlier this year, Governor Pritzker sign several new Bills amending the various statutes related to dogs and cats.
Cat owners are now mandated to vaccinate against rabies, and counties are permitted to require registration and registration fees.
The Illinois Department of Agriculture issued a memorandum to all Counties explaining the new laws (read it below or here).
According to the memo:
- P.A. 101-0210 - Requires kennel operators to meet certain requirements for fire alarm systems, sprinkler systems, and staffing of kennels while dogs and cats are on premises, effective January 1, 2020
- P.A. 101-0295 - Changed definition of animal shelter, changes to foster homes (must be affiliated by formal written agreement permitting inspection), and other changes
- P.A. 101-0299 - Requires all companion cats more than 4 months old to be vaccinated against rabies by a veterinarian, permits counties to implement a registration and fee structure for cats